Felony: Drugs

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Felony: Drugs

Possession or use of dangerous drugs is considered a felony in Arizona. While the classification of what constitutes a dangerous drug can be subjective, a felony charge usually concerns narcotics (not including marijuana). Todd Coolidge of Coolidge Law, located in Gilbert Arizona, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the state’s criminal courts. If you’ve been charged with a felony of any kind, his knowledge of the law and his skill will prove invaluable in building a strong case for your defense.

Types of Dangerous Drugs

While all drug use comes with a risk of being hazardous for the user, certain drugs are considered especially dangerous because of the violent effects that can occur as a result of their use. These are classified as:

  • Anabolic steroids, including testosterone
  • Drugs with a depressant effect
  • Hallucinogenic substances, such as acid and mescaline
  • Various types of amphetamines, including meth

Severe repercussions can occur from the use of these types of drugs, including temporary or permanent psychological damage.

Prohibition of Dangerous Drugs

While possession and use of a dangerous drug will result in felony charges, Arizona law statute ARS §13-3401 also prohibits:

  • Administering the drug to another person
  • Being in possession of chemicals and supplies used to create dangerous drugs
  • Manufacturing and creating dangerous drugs
  • Obtaining dangerous drugs by “fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge”
  • Possessing dangerous drugs to sell to another person or persons
  • Transporting or transferring dangerous drugs into or within Arizona

These acts or behaviors will result in felony charges and incur the penal sentences associated with felonies.

Felony Drug Sentencing

 Chapter 34 of the Arizona Criminal Code, (Title 13) section 13-3407, lists the felony classes and sentencing for illegal use or possession of dangerous drugs. Felony charges associated with each drug can vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime.

Generally, charges associated with the use of dangerous drugs are as following:

  • Possessing drugs for sale, manufacturing drugs, administering them, or transportation of them is considered a Class 2 felony.  The sentencing can be up to five years in prison.
  • Possessing chemicals and supplies to make the dangerous drugs is a Class 3 felony, which can lead to up to 3.5 years in prison.
  • Possession or use of a dangerous drug can also be classified as a Class 4 felony. This is the least severe sentence, with up to 2.5 years in prison.  

    If you’ve been charged with a felony for possession or use of a dangerous drug, Coolidge Law is ready to go to work on your case. As certified criminal law specialists, we’re thorough, tough, and fair, and we’ll work hard to establish the best defense for your life. Contact us today with any questions.